© 2022 WNIJ and WNIU
Northern Public Radio
801 N 1st St.
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-9000
Northern Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
WNIJ's summary of news items around our state.

Fracking Rules Action Delayed; Could Be A Sign Of Revision

Activists opposed to fracking in Illinois gather at the state capitol rotunda, prior to passage of the 2013 law.
Amanda Vinicky
/
Activists opposed to fracking in Illinois gather at the state capitol rotunda, prior to passage of the 2013 law.
Activists opposed to fracking in Illinois gather at the state capitol rotunda, prior to passage of the 2013 law.
Credit Amanda Vinicky
/
Activists opposed to fracking in Illinois gather at the state capitol rotunda, prior to passage of the 2013 law.

It will be at least another month before legislators take up regulations of hydraulic fracturing. The Joint Commission on Administrative Rules, or JCAR -- a bipartisan panel -- voted Tuesday to spend more time reviewing, and potentially rewriting, them.

The oil and gas industry and otherfrackingproponents has bemoaned how longGov. Pat Quinn has taken to put rules in place. It has been well over a year since he signed a law legalizing it, but before companies can begin drilling, those rules must be finalized. And yet, the Illinois Manufacturing Association's MarkDenzlercheered the delay, saying "this is very good news for us."

That's because Denzler doesn't like the latest draft of rules drawn up by the Department of Natural Resources; fracking advocates basically say they're too onerous. Denzler says it's a good sign that legislators want to take more time with them. It's a signal the rules will change.

Environmentalists, who have concerns including that fracking will taint Illinois' water supply, also want the rules tweaked, though they're much happier with this version than DNR's initial draft (which the fracking industry did like).

JCAR is set to meet again in a month, and changes to the rules could be presented and voted on then. If not, there is one more JCAR meeting left in early November, ahead of a looming deadline. The rules have to be in place by Nov. 15, or the process starts over.

A pro-fracking coalition that Denzler's a part accuses the Quinn administration of holding off on rules for political reasons, the notion being that Quinn's agency wanted to avoid angering environmentalists ahead of the Nov. 4 election. DNR administrators deny that, and say they carefully considered copious public comments.

Copyright 2014 NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.
Amanda Vinicky
Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.
Related Stories